Variety in sentences can reduce choppiness and smooth the narrative. #writetip
Early in my writing, one of my mentors (Joan Barfoot) suggested I work on variety in sentence structures. I decided to be methodical, about it and here is a method I use to check for variety.
Randomly choose a page of your novel.
Hit return after each sentence. Basically, you form a new paragraph with each line.
Run through the following checklist:
– Are the sentence lengths different? If not, you might want to vary the lengths.
– Do you ever use introductory phrases or clauses. If not, why not try it and see if it changes the sound of your writing.
– Do you use sentences that contain conjunctions? Are they different or do you repeat the same ones?
– Short declarative sentences can be powerful, but if used to often can lose their power.